My Belief Statement



My Belief Statement: _It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies._ Arthur Calwell


Many students have a serious phobia when it comes to Math class, let alone writing an exam in that subject. I believe this phobia can be dispelled by "digging" into the "WHY " and the "HOW". In fact, many students WANT this. I attempt, wherever possible, to connect a geometric representation to its algebraic counterpart; an analysis of how the two versions interact is important. Contrary to what SOME individuals may think, I'm not at all afraid of technology. I AM, however, cautious to not "jump into the deep end"; we need to grow with this and "dovetail" the old with the new so that they COMPLIMENT each other.

I have several links in the sidebar at the right, as well as some of my own discriptions on various topics. These will grow in number and evolve over time, as will my hand-written notes; these can be viewed by following appropriate links which you will find throughout this blog. These notes will also be posted on my facebook site if that happens to be your preferred mode of viewing; I've included a link to that in the sidebar as well.

Integration by Parts - Samuelson

Let us reflect back on the process of differentiation for a few moments.  This entire process began with our wish to find an expression representing instantaneous velocity at any given point on a function; we found that this value was represented by the slope of the tangent to the function at that point.  The expression for this was discovered through first principles (delta method), and is now referred to as the derivative of the function; we used first principles to find derivatives of several different types of functions in order to more fully conceptualize the notion.  As our  functions became more complex, this process became much more arduous and time consuming so we were introduced to some helpful rules to assist us in our work; they are the power rule, the product/quotient rule, and the chain rule.

Integration is essentially the "inverse" process of differentiaion and has its own set of "rules" that can assist us in determining the area, among other things, under a curve in a given interval.  We have already been introduced to the power rule for integration in my Introduction to Integral Calculus.  The power rule works very well for relatively simple functions; as these functions become more complex the neccessity for other rules emerges, just as it did with differential calculus.  The next "rule" that we will familiarize ourselves with is referred to as Integration by Parts, a process tied directly to the product rule of differentiation; the notes contained in the link below will illustrate this.  In these notes, a comparison between integration using the power rule and integration by parts will be made early on as they relate to simple polynomial funtions.  The purpose behind this is to help us become accustomed to this new "rule"; as we work through the notes, the functions being integrated will evolve into more complex ones, hopefully leaving us with a deeper appreciation for this new process.

Integration by Parts - Samuelson

For additional information on Integration by Parts, click on the links below.  For easy reference, these links can also be found on my Math 31 Blog in the sidebar under Integral Calculus.

Integration by Parts
Integrals Tutorial